- to call for with earnest desire; make supplication or pray for: to invoke God's mercy.
- to call on (a deity, Muse, etc.), as in prayer or supplication.
- to declare to be binding or in effect: to invoke the law; to invoke a veto.
- to appeal to, as for confirmation.
- to petition or call on for help or aid.
- to call forth or upon (a spirit) by incantation.
- to cause, call forth, or bring about.
Origin of invoke
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Examples from the Web for invoker
Rebhas, or the invoker, represented as a hero, is no other than our Trita ptyas.Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)
Angelo de Gubernatis
The invoker of this brilliant assembly stood in simple evening dress near the door,—unattended and hedged by no formality.Tales of Trail and Town
A ceremony called the Satane determines the chief who takes the office of invoker.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies
Robert Gordon Latham
Imagination is everything; it is, indeed, the invoker of all beauty; and admiration of beauty is the one escape out of life.The Old House and Other Tales
Antony Ferrara, invoker of nameless horrors, shrank before him—before the primitive Celtic man whom unwittingly he had invoked.Brood of the Witch-Queen
- to call upon (an agent, esp God or another deity) for help, inspiration, etc
- to put (a law, penalty, etc) into usethe union invoked the dispute procedure
- to appeal to (an outside agent or authority) for confirmation, corroboration, etc
- to implore or beg (help, etc)
- to summon (a spirit, demon, etc); conjure up
C15: from Latin invocāre to call upon, appeal to, from vocāre to call
Invoke is sometimes wrongly used where evoke is meant: this proposal evoked (not invoked) a strong reaction
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Word Origin and History for invoker
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